Working with Risk in Counselling and Psychotherapy


Andrew Reeves

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  • Essential Issues in Counselling and Psychotherapy

    Edited by AndrewReeves

    Counsellors and psychotherapists consider a number of important factors in their work with clients. Some are defined by training and theoretical orientation, some by context, and others by the client group with whom they work. However, across all these areas there are a number of essential issues – those that sit at the very core of practice – that must be considered by all therapists.

    Essential Issues in Counselling and Psychotherapy is a series that brings together a number of new, accessible and practice-informed books that carefully and thoroughly address those considerations: the essential issues of practice that can challenge and shape all aspects of counselling and psychotherapy.

    For new and forthcoming books in the series please visit

    Assessment and Case Formulation in Counselling and Psychotherapy

    Biljana van Rijn

    The Therapeutic Relationship in Counselling and Psychotherapy

    Rosanne Knox and Mick Cooper

    Working with Risk in Counselling and Psychotherapy

    Andrew Reeves


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    For Diane, Adam, Katie and Emily for their unconditional patience.

    About the Author

    Andrew Reeves has worked as a social worker and then as a therapist for over 25 years. His previous books include: Key Issues for Counselling in Action: Second Edition (Sage, 2008 – co-edited with Windy Dryden); Counselling Suicidal Clients (Sage, 2010); An Introduction to Counselling and Psychotherapy: From Theory to Practice (Sage, 2013); Challenges in Counselling: Self-Harm (Hodder Education, 2013); and The Handbook of Individual Therapy: Sixth Edition (Sage, 2014 – co-edited with Windy Dryden). He has produced (with Jon Shears and Sue Wheeler) an award-winning training DVD, Tight Ropes and Safety Nets: Counselling Suicidal Clients, and was Lead Author for the Counselling MindEd project. He is a former Editor of Counselling and Psychotherapy Research journal.


    I would like to thank Kate Wharton, Susannah Trefgarne, Laura Walmsley, Rachel Burrows and the full team at Sage for their unstinting support and encouragement throughout the writing process.

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